State University of New York at Oswego — Assistant Professor, Environmental Film & Literature

The Department of English and Creative Writing at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in environmental film and literature.

Posting Date: September 5, 2018

Review Date: Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Shortlisted candidates will be asked for further materials.

Benefit Information:  The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) faculty, visit: or

Date of Appointment: August 2019

Description of Responsibilities: The Assistant Professor, Environmental Film & Literature will be primarily responsible for teaching courses in environmental film and literature, as well as core courses in the Cinema and Screen Studies program, which includes 140 majors. Will teach courses that span environmental filmmaking, film and the environment, literature and the environment, as well as eco-criticism and theory. The Assistant Professor will also be expected to lead development of a minor program devoted to filmmaking in the service of conservation, sustainability and bio-diversity.  Additional responsibilities include working collaboratively in interdisciplinary ways both on campus and statewide; providing departmental and University service; advising majors; and continuing to produce a nationally competitive portfolio of sustained and distinctive creative and scholarly activity.  

In addition, the Assistant Professor, Environmental Film & Literature will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • MFA/Ph.D. degree by time of appointment 
  • A demonstrable film practice committed to the care and preservation of wildlife and wilderness that includes formal, ethical and political reflection on the practice of filmmaking itself
  • Must be dedicated to helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed in a multicultural and global community

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A proactive colleague capable of working with scientists, humanists and activists in interdisciplinary and international contexts. 
  • Demonstrated  deep commitment to mentoring students
  • A desire to collaborate with other faculty, and an entrepreneurial attitude for helping grow the program.

To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications and that addresses teaching experience/relevant creative projects, links to up to three work samples,  copies of unofficial transcripts for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred or program in process, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Bennet Schaber, Search Committee Chair

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts and are required prior to hiring.  

Description of Department: The Cinema and Screen Studies program was founded at SUNY Oswego in 2007, to offer undergraduates a BA that integrates production and critical studies. The program is housed in the Department of English and Creative Writing, which also contains majors in Creative Writing and Literary Studies and offers a BA degree in a vibrant, collaborative department that integrates production and critical studies.  The major prepares students to enter the industry—both traditional and new media—as well as apply their visual literacy skills across industries and for diverse audiences. We support faculty who are energetic and innovative in their approach to curriculum and program design.

Additional information about the Cinema and Screen Studies program at SUNY Oswego may be found at and additional information about the Department of English and Creative Writing may be found at

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

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Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

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